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Life Expectancy
by Alison Hughes


YAF058070 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Disabilities

YAF023010 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries

YAF018000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / General


Price: $16.95

Ages: 13+

Publication Date: September 19, 2023

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How do you go on after making a life-altering discovery about yourself?


Sophie St. John’s grandmother, a world-renowned writer, may be as talented as she is rude, but Sophie is just Sophie: clumsy, emotional, and prone to outbursts.


When she stars in a class play based on her grandmother’s famous novel and then comes across an old legal case while doing research for homework, Sophie uncovers a profound, devastating, life-changing secret — a secret her parents have kept from her since birth.


Faced with a revelation that changes her entire future, Sophie must confront her dysfunctional family, ponder her life goals, and summon the courage to finally start living on her own terms.

Life Expectancy

ISBN: 9781770867093

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5.375" x 8"


“This moody, feisty, clumsy character may prod her young adult readers into looking at their own lives, perhaps realizing just how precious their time is and how important it is for all of us to live our lives fully each and every day.”

— Ann Ketcheson, CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“The character of Sophie is intelligent, and readers will recognize her struggles of trying to fit in, meet others’ expectations of her, and how she reacts to discovering life altering information. … Life Expectancy would be appropriate for any young adult reader, especially in helping readers understand how others may be affected by serious illness or other situations that aren’t happening directly ‘to them,’ and foster understanding and compassion.”

— Meagan Richards, Canadian Children’s Book News

“Alison Hughes has crafted a narrative so deeply excruciating and beautiful it defied my initial expectations. I will not spoil the story as it is one that you absolutely must read.”

— Stephanie Lamb, Storytime with Stephanie

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